Blueberry Picking

About a year ago, I found out that there is a U-Pick Blueberry Farm in our area–Leavelle Farms! I was so excited…until I realized that it was already closed for the year. 😦 Bummer. I was determined not to miss it again, though, so I “liked” their Facebook page to make sure I was notified when they reopened.

They opened in mid-June, and I kept trying to schedule a trip out there…and kept having conflicts come up. I’m actually glad that I didn’t get to go sooner, because Michael was able to go with us when we finally got to go! Woohoo! I love a family adventure!

We headed out mid-morning on Saturday. We arrived to find the weather pleasant and the sky overcast–perfect berry-picking weather!  The farm was perfect–plenty of bushes with lots of berries, easily accessible bathroom (essential for a pleasant outing with kids), friendly owners, and only $6 per GALLON of berries you pick! We picked and picked…even through a rain shower. We all got a bit wet, but we also left with a full gallon of berries to enjoy.

It was a wonderful day, but I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves…

(I apologize for the focus issues in some my pictures. I’m still working on getting used to my camera, and I get in too much of a hurry sometimes.)

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Note that the focus here is on the bush, not the adorable face…should’ve switched to manual mode… 😉

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Note that NOTHING is in focus here…I like to call this one “auto-UNfocus”

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Marked improvement. I love this shot.

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All of my guys working together…smile.

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And finally, my little drowned rat. 🙂 Sweet boys, sweet berries, and sweet memories. You can’t beat that.

We had so much fun that I gathered up my mom, my niece and nephew, and our awesome neighbor friends and went back on Monday! We gathered another 4 gallons between the three families! There are now 12 quarts of berries in the freezer to get us ALL through the winter with muffins, cobblers, and other blueberry dishes. 🙂

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I’ll have to share my recipe for blueberry cobbler that came out of this adventure soon, too. 🙂 Yum!!

 

 

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Christmas Pictures with the Kids

My mom and I spent a fun hour in my backyard today with the four kids. We were trying to get a picture of them together that would be good to blow up into a print for my grandmother and father’s Christmas gift. There were a lot of out takes, and a lot of giggles. We finally found the perfect shot, but I wanted to share a few of those other precious moments that we were able to capture.

This is the one that won the prize. A bit blurry for my graphic design heart, but the subject matter is too good to pass up.

This is the one that won the prize. A bit blurry for my graphic design heart, but the subject matter is too good to pass up.

Annnd there's that personality jumping out in Mr. Wyatt. :)

Annnd there’s that personality jumping out in Mr. Wyatt. 🙂

This pretty much sums up the group...

This pretty much sums up the group energy level alright…

One of the last trips into this tree house. It is coming down soon to be ready to rebuild this spring!

One of the last trips into this tree house. It is coming down soon to be ready to rebuild this spring!